A ploy to soften up Russia and Iran might inflict collateral damage on its own shale industry.
If financial equality determined the tournament outcome, then Latin America wouldn't stand a chance.
Financial crises come round every seven years or so – if history is a guide, the next crisis should come along some time soon.
Global economic growth rates will fall this year, with the International Monetary Fund revising down its forecasts for 2013 and 2014 accordingly.
Unemployment has been up by 95 000 in April and, if the trend continues, an unenviable milestone will be reached by Christmas.
There have been only a handful of occasions when a decline has been seen equivalent to the May 22 sell-off in Tokyo.
The IMF has warned that the repair job on the world's financial system is partly completed and failure to finish it risks a new phase for the crisis.
Portugal is heading towards its second international bailout.
The dismal failure of Europe's monetary union means it should be abandoned to save countries.
Germany is not just Europe's biggest economy and the message from the eurozone's paymaster is simple: if we can do it, so can you.